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Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
Web Site: mass.gov/mblc

News Release



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 2, 2002
CONTACT: David L. Gray
Director, Communications & Public Information
1-800-952-7403, x208
David.L.Gray@state.ma.us

Notice of Public Hearing [605CMR7, Regional Library Systems]

BOSTON: Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 30A, notice is hereby given that the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners will hold public hearings and a comment period relative to proposed regulations 605 CMR 7.00: Regional Library Systems. The proposed regulations specify requirements and disbursement of funding for the Regional Reference Centers, requirements for participation as a member of a regional library system, and the structure of the Statewide Advisory Council on Cooperative Library Programs.

The hearings will be held as follows: Monday, November 4, 1 pm at the Goodnow Public Library, 21 Concord Road, Sudbury; Thursday, November 7, 1 pm at the Newburyport Public Library, 94 State Street, Newburyport; Thursday, November 14, 2 pm at the Millbury Public Library, 128 Elm Street, Millbury; Friday, November 15, 10 am at the Middleborough Public Library, 102 North Main Street, Middleborough; and on Monday, December 2, 10 am at the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System headquarters, 58 Main Street, Hatfield.

Persons planning to give oral testimony at the hearing are urged to provide a written summary for the record. All persons desiring to submit written statements following the hearings must file the same by 5 pm on Friday, December 13, 2002 to:

Dianne L. Carty, Head, State Aid and Data Coordination
Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
648 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02215

Copies of the proposed regulations are available by contacting: Rachel Devin at the above address, telephone 1-800-952-7403 or on the Board's Web site.

The Board of Library Commissioners (mass.gov/mblc) is the agency of state government with the statutory authority and responsibility to organize, develop, coordinate and improve library services throughout the Commonwealth. The Board advises municipalities and library trustees on the operation and maintenance of public libraries, including construction and renovation. It administers state and federal grant programs for libraries and promotes cooperation among all types of libraries through regional library systems and automated resource sharing. It also works to ensure that all residents of the Commonwealth, regardless of their geographic location, social or economic status, age, level of physical or intellectual ability or cultural background, have access to essential new electronic information technologies and significant electronic databases.

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